Eating Clean and Green

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And we’re back…

Back from what was a very needed, blissfully long holiday period. For close to two weeks, many businesses slowed down, and people either gathered together to find solace in comfort food and comfort drinks, or took a break from the world, and headed to exotic lands for rejuvenation.  Folks I know went to Costa Rica, London, Utah, Arizona, India. You name it, they flew there, in search of  quiet solitude or an energized spark.

And now at the crest of a new year, in this first month of 2017, it seems to me we are continuing to struggle to re-gain our balance and get past a period of just plain ole nastiness that permeated our consciousness. I’m so over the negativity and roughness that we endured in 2016. I long for a return to elegance, for gentility and civility. For nicer, kinder and better…everything.  But how?

I have a thought.

We have to start with a shift in behavior. An overall cleanse.  You’ve heard about that “No alcohol January” trend. Well, yes, I think cutting back significantly is absolutely a great idea. But no alcohol at all may be a bit severe. Everything in moderation is a perfect concept for that very reason.

Clean eating makes much more sense to me. We consume way too much refined, processed, manipulated food. Now is the time to choose foods that are nutrient-rich, from the earth, and harvested locally.  Clean and green.

To help you in the endeavor to prepare some terrific simple meals in the clean and green genre of cooking, check out a brand new cook book with a great title, “Food That Cares: A Restorative Approach to Health” by integrative nutritionist and health counselor Wendy Baruchowitz.

Although the book is geared toward people who suffer from  POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) dysautonomia and chronic illness, all the easy to prepare, wholesome recipes provide excellent ways to modify anyone’s diet, discard the food that gunks up our system and prepare meals and snacks that taste delicious along the way. Read more.

By eating food that truly feeds our body and not just fills it up, we might just have the energy to approach the new year in a vigorous… and much more civilized way.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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